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Non-sequitor of the day After verifying customer address and phone number...
ME:And would you like to provide us with an email address for order/shipping confirmations or special offers?
CUSTOMER:No thanks. I have a credit card. I'll just use that.
ME: thinking to selfWTF-huh?
Sometimes I really don't understand people at all. And she was not the first person to give me that response either.

I also talked to a customer who clearly flunked American Geography..(some of it is also based on a couple of other customers I have talked to. But it is quite typical none the less.

CUSTOMER:So where are you located?
ME:We are based out of Fargo, ND.
CUSTOMER:WOW really!! North Dakota, Where is that? Is that near Illinois? ME:Trying to answer her question with out giving away my estimation of her intelligenceUm no, we are up North.
CUSTOMER:Where are you by? ME:Well we are bordered on the North by Canada, on the South by South Dakota and East is Minnesota and out on the West is Montana.
CUSTOMER:I can hear the wheels spinning nowOhhh, do you still have Indians? You have Indians there don't you.
ME>Trying very hard not to laugh, or insult this wonder of public education. Umm Yes we do have a large Native American population, but they live the same way as everyone else.
CUSTOMER:Really!! I bet its really cold up there, you must get tired of all the cold. You poor thing..How did you get stuck in ND?
ME:Actually yes we do get some very cold winters, it also gets very hot here in the summer time. I have lived here all my life, and don't really know what it is like to live any place else.
CUSTOMER:What is the weather like? Its 80 degrees and sunny here in (fill in warm state of your choice, NC, HI, FL, CA, take your pick..).
ME: It was raining when I came in, I think the temp was in the 50's or 60's. But the sun is comming out now. CUSTOMER:Brr... that's cold..
Okay I realize I don't live in Los Angeles or Boston, or Seattle or someother town/state that everyone is familiar with and knows well. Don't even get me started on the movie Fargo, (which strangely enough takes place almost entirely in Minnesota save for a couple of scenes - go figure), which has given us an even stranger rep than we already have.

Yes some people talk like that, but most don't. Yes we are very friendly and open, but that is slowly changing as the perverts and riff raff are comming here in larger numbers ruining it for everyone else.

I wonder if anyone who is not from ND (OR MN, MT,SD, SK, or Manitoba) could even answer a few of the following questions about ND. Basic knowledge of the state type questions.

1.What is the Capital of ND?
2.What is the largest city in ND?
3.What crops is ND famous for?
4.Name one major river that runs through ND
5.Name one famous person born in ND? (There are several actually, and if you are a major baseball fan, boxing fan, or accordian music lover, or fan of teenage blues players, you have an advantage)
Yes I make jokes and bad comments about ND. I have lived in this state my entire life. I think I am a little more qualified to judge it then someone who has never been here, or can't even find it on a freaking map. I may get mad at her, and frustrated with her, but she is my home, and she has also been very good to me. Please don't judge a place unless you have actually been there and spent some time there. Its only fair.


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In every neighborhood there is at least one house that all the neighbors gossip about. This is a diary from the woman who lives in that house. I am a single mother in her mid thirties. I live in North Dakota with my son, Warren.

I tend to be a bit of a slob, and am the opposite of a girly-girl. I am geek girl, who loves Star Wars, Star Trek, Harry Potter, Buffy, Angel, action movies, science fiction, action adventure, Dr. Who, and so on and so on.

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